Oct 1, 2003 3:53pm
4x download speed increase: 1,000 books per dollar
The Internet Archive just purchased 4x more bandwidth, bringing our total to 500Mb/sec. Thank you to kind Foundations and individuals!
This is giving us enough capacity to more than statify the archive lovers out there. At least for a while:
We would appreciate our patrons not abusing this service because it does cost us real money.
We still hope freecache (www.freecache.org
) would help us distribute the load to other high-bandwidth locations, but it will take a while longer. What we found is that our sales pitch was not compelling enough in some cases, and in other cases, people thought they had bandwidth, but when it came down to it, they dont. If you have over 100Mb/sec bandwidth to share and a couple of free terabytes, please let us know.
For now we solve it by paying. The commons is worth the investment. If we are running at close to full capacity it costs us about $0.23/GB fully loaded, $0.10/GB incremental.
1,000 books for 1 dollar. Bargain.
This post was modified by brewster on 2003-10-01 22:53:20